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46th Annual Concert Season: 2022-2023

For 45 concert seasons, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra has been proud and privileged to provide classical and popular musical performances for our region. The 2022-2023 season will provide the following concerts, held in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Northern Illinois University Music Building.

Northern Illinois University no longer requires that masks be worn inside of university buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, persons preferring to wear masks are encouraged to do so.

Parking: There is a parking lot off of College Avenue, south of the Music Building, and a parking lot across Lucinda Avenue, north of the Music Building. Vehicles without a university parking permit may park there and other parking locations at no charge after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. The only exception is that there is no parking permitted in the few spaces with “reserved” signs.

“The Price is Right: Celebrating the Life of Florence Price”
Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.*

Ballade in A Minor, Op. 33

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

 

Piano Concerto in One Movement

Florence Price (1887-1953)

 

Sung Hoon Mo, Piano

 Intermission

Symphony No. 3 in C Minor

Florence Price (1887-1953)

 

The printed program for this concert may be found here.

 

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 “Halloween Concerts”
Saturday, October 29, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This is a free concert. No tickets are required.

The following musical Halloween celebrations:

5:30 p.m. Concert  

Night on Bald Mountain

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

 

Incantations

Richard Meyer (b.1957)

 

Pirates of the Caribbean 3, At World’s End

Hans Zimmer (b. 1957)

 

arr. by Paul Lavender and Robert Longfield

 

Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space

Richard Meyer (b. 1957)

 

We Don’t Talk About Bruno from Encanto

Lin-Manuel Miranda (b. 1980)

 

arr. by Johnnie Vinson

 

Star Wars Imperial March

John Williams (b. 1932)

 

 

7:30 p.m. Concert 

Night on Bald Mountain

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

 

Incantations

Richard Meyer (b.1957)

 

Pirates of the Caribbean 3, At World’s End

Hans Zimmer (b. 1957)

 

arr. by Paul Lavender and Robert Longfield

 

Theme from Halloween

John Carpenter (b. 1948)

 

arr. by Linc Smelser

 

Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space

Richard Meyer (b. 1957)

 

Star Wars Imperial March

John Williams (b. 1932)

 

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Holiday Pops Concert: “Winter Wonderland”
Friday, December 9, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

This program will include seasonal popular music such as these:

 

Nutcracker Suite

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

 

March of the Toys from “Babes in Toyland”

Victor Herbert (1859-1924)

 

Christmas Sing-along

 

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“Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert”
Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.* 

This concert will feature a performance by the winner of the 2023 Arthur D. Montzka Young Artists Concerto Competition.

Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)

 

Concerto performed by the winner of the Concerto Competition, to be determined

 

 Intermission

Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)

 

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“Spring Pops Concert”
Friday, March 10, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

This concert will include musical selections such as these:

 

Night on Bald Mountain

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)

 

Capriccio Espagnol

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)

 

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 11

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

 

Mark Robinson, Horn

Adagio in G minor

Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751)

 

On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Waltz, Op. 314

Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)

 

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“Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Past and Present”
Saturday, May 6, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.*

Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

 

Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suite

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

 

 Intermission

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

 

*For each of these three concerts, you are invited to join Linc Smelser, KSO music director, for a pre-concert talk in room 173 at 6:30 p.m.

Note: Changes in programs, dates, times, and location of concerts will be posted at this website.

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